Isn’t it great when you can get away for a day, and, upon reflection, it seems a week? … G and I had one of those days Sat/Sun when we headed down to the King Edward Hotel for an evening away. G and I do stay at a lot of hotels in Toronto and I think it’s fair to say, the King Eddy is our favourite, which is surprising since our tastes are decidedly not Victorian but modern and contemporary.
Anyway, we stumbled upon an uber-great deal on Thursday night online that had the King Eddy’s Royal Club Executive Suites on for – wait for this – $180! Unbelievable! Combine that deal with an email to the hotel’s General Manager and our SPG card and that found us in a gargantuan room on the 8th floor that was bigger than our condo I’m sure!
After dancing around in gleeful joy at the size of the room, we immediately headed out to meet Lady Sarah and Jeff and enjoy the tastings at Toronto’s Gourmet Food & Wine Expo at the Convention Centre. There we tasted wines from all over the world though I spent much of my time and money sampling France and, in particular, Taittinger’s fine champagne. I’m such a champagne whore.
We hauled ourselves back to the Club Lounge at the King Eddy for cocktails and appetizers (free to boot!) before starting a disaster adventure uptown to Innis Town Hall for the Reel Asian Film Festival. This plan was scuppered as tickets for the Meryl Streep, Liu Ye movie Dark Matter I wanted to screen were all gonzo by the time we arrived at 7:45. Undeterred, we ended up buying a nice bottle of Wolf Blass and cocooned in the hotel room instead. Which, frankly, worked just fine!
After antiquing at the St. Lawrence Market Sunday morning, we went to see Beowulf in amazing IMAX 3-D (review later) then met up with Blee, Cousin Richard and Ora for before-dinner-desserts (love it!) at Senses at 6:00pm. From Senses, it was a walk up the street to meet two Edmontoners and their great kids recently arrived in Toronto (friends of Ora’s) for a seafood extravaganza at Xam Yu on Spadina, which included the biggest oysters I’ve ever seen!
16) the mother of all oysters